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The following book is reviewed by Prof. Cory Griess, professor of Practical Theology and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary and member of First PRC in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Jonty Rhodes. Reformed Worship. Phillipsburg, New Jersey: P&R Publishing, 2023. ISBN: 9781629959078. Hard cover. Price: $15.99. 152 pages. Reformed church worship is not necessarily the same as worship in a Reformed church. Given the fact that we live in a day and age when the superficial reigns, even in the worship of some Reformed churches, and the expectation is that one’s own desires take the role of worship leader,...

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The following book is reviewed by Prof. Douglas Kuiper, professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary and member of Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, Michigan. The Story of Abortion in America: A Street-Level History 1652-2022, by Marvin Olasky and Leah Savas. Wheaton: Crossway, 2023. Pp xv + 494. Hardcover. $39.99. This book is a history of abortion in America from colonial times to the present. Abortion in America is a grim reality, an infant holocaust, a legal killing of at least half a million unborn persons annually. For it the nation will endure, and is...

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PRC news (denominational) At the time of this writing (mid-June) the following may be noted concerning ministerial calls in the PRC: D. Kleyn was considering the call to Hudsonville PRC. On June 11 Rev. C. Spronk declined the call to Zion PRC (Jenison, MI) and Rev. D. Noorman the call to Randolph (WI) PRC. M. Kortus was considering calls to Hosanna PRC (Edmonton, AB) and to Loveland (CO) PRC. Doon (IA) PRC had a new trio of Revs. H. Bleyenberg, D. Kleyn, and R. Smit. On June 18 she called Rev. Kleyn. Lynden (WA) PRC formed a new trio of...

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The following book is reviewed by Prof. Douglas Kuiper, professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary and member of Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, Michigan. Church History, by Simonetta Carr. Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2022. 265 pages. Hardcover. $35.00. The days of reading to my children are over. If they were not, I would read them this book, perhaps three to five pages an evening. Let me tell you why. First, the topic lends itself. The book is a good introduction to church history. It covers nine eras from AD 30 to 2000. It...

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PRC news (denominational) On May 7 Rev. J. Holstege was installed as the eleventh pastor in First PRC’s (Grand Rapids, MI) history, with Prof. C. Griess leading the service. In the evening Rev. Holstege preached his inaugural sermon, taking as his text Isaiah 55:10, 11, and expounding it under the theme “God’s Word Prospering Where He Sends It.” After the installation service the congregation enjoyed a fellowship lunch together and a welcome program was held for their new pastor and his family. At the time of this writing the following may be reported concerning calls to vacant PRCs: Rev. J....

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PRC news (denominational) On Friday night, March 31, Hull PRC witnessed and rejoiced in the installation of the thirteenth different pastor in her history, Rev. S. Regnerus, who came from Lynden PRC in Washington but grew up in that NW Iowa area. Rev. A. Brummel of Calvary PRC (also in Hull) led the special service. Meanwhile, Lynden PRC called Rev. M. DeBoer (Edgerton, MN PRC) on March 19 from a trio that included Revs. A. Brummel and M. Kortus (Hope PRC-Redlands, CA). Rev. Kortus declined the call from Doon, IA PRC on March 19. On that same Sunday, Rev. J....

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The following book is reviewed by Dr. Marco Barone, member of Southwest PRC in Wyoming, Michigan and book coordinator at the Reformed Free Publishing Association. James Durham, A Practical Exposition of the Ten Commandments, ed. Chris Coldwell. Dallas, TX- Grand Rapids, MI. Naphtali Press and Reformation Heritage Books, 2018. Hardcover. $40.00. 432 pages. The idea that Reformed preaching should “focus on what God does in our lives rather than emphasizing how we should live” is popular in many Reformed corners. However, that a life of thankful obedience can take place only on the basis and by virtue of Christ’s redemption...

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PRC news (denominational)  Loveland PRC’s Consistory published a new trio of Rev. D. Noorman (Southwest PRC-Wyoming, MI), Rev. J. Smidstra (First PRC-Holland, MI), and Rev. C. Spronk (Faith PRC-Jenison, MI). On March 12 they extended a call to Rev. Smidstra.  Randolph PRC has a new trio from the Consistory to consider: Revs. N. Decker (Grandville-MI PRC), J. Maatman (SE-Grand Rapids PRC), and D. Noorman. The congregation called on March 26. In PRC Seminary news, the second semester is over the halfway point, which means that midterm exams/ tests were recently taken, and students are working diligently on their major Reformed...

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PRC news (denominational and congregational) In the most recent minister call news as of this writing (Feb. 27), we can report the following: Rev. N. Decker (Grandville-MI PRC) declined the calls he had received from Georgetown (MI) PRC and from Loveland (CO) PRC (Feb.19). Rev. J. Maatman (SE-Grand Rapids, MI PRC) received the call from Hudsonville (MI) PRC (Feb. 19). On that same Sunday he also received the call from Hosanna PRC (Edmonton, AB). Also on February 19, Rev. M. Kortus (Hope PRC-Redlands, CA) received the call to Doon (IA) PRC. Rev. S. Regnerus (Lynden-WA PRC) accepted the call to...

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Mr. Charles Terpstra, member of Faith PRC in Jenison, Michigan and full-time librarian/registrar/archivist at the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary and SB book review editor The following book is reviewed by Rev. Ryan Barnhill, pastor of Heritage PRC in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Ecclesiastes: A Reflective Exposition by Rev. Thomas Miersma. Jenison, MI: Reformed Free Publishing Association, 2022. 246 pp., hard cover. $27.85. How much do you know about the book of Ecclesiastes? All of you reading this know it is a book in the Old Testament, associated with the king of Israel named Solomon. Most of you know the well-known...

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